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Ryan Cruse 2/23/10

Period 3 Mr. Thidemann

In 1933, Congress formed the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). This


agency built giant dams along the Tennessee River. Planners believed
that these dams would control flooding, provide cheap electricity, and
increase jobs and prosperity in one of the nation’s poorest areas.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was founded in May 1933 to


provide navigation, flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer
manufacturing, and economic development in the Tennessee Valley, a
region particularly impacted by the Great Depression. Because this
was one of the nation’s poorest rural areas, and during the depression,
it was an excellent area in which to build power plants and dams. The
TVA was envisioned not only as a provider, but also as a regional
economic development agency that would use federal experts and
electricity to rapidly modernize the region's economy and society. The
TVA was one of the most successful New Deal schemes.
Ryan Cruse 2/23/10
Period 3 Mr. Thidemann